France urges Bri­tain to take in 1500 ‘Jun­gle’ mi­nors

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FRENCH Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande urged Bri­tain to take in 1500 un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nors from the “Jun­gle” as of­fi­cials stepped up ef­forts to fin­ish de­mol­ish­ing the Calais mi­grant camp.

Hail­ing the evac­u­a­tion of the en­camp­ment, Mr Hol­lande vowed that France would not ac­cept the emer­gence of any more makeshift camps, which have be­come a glar­ing sym­bol of Europe’s worst mi­gra­tion cri­sis since World War II.

He pledged young­sters left at a con­tainer camp near the site would be dis­persed around the coun­try, with the hope that they would even­tu­ally be taken in by Bri­tain.

Mr Hol­lande said he had spo­ken to Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May to en­sure that Bri­tish of­fi­cials would “ac­com­pany th­ese mi­nors to th­ese cen­tres and would play their part in sub­se­quently wel­com­ing them to the United King­dom”.

A Bri­tish gov­ern­ment spokesper­son said it was com­mit­ted to work­ing with France to trans­fer el­i­gi­ble chil­dren as soon as pos­si­ble.

Bri­tain’s Help Refugees char­ity es­ti­mated that more than 1000 un­ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren were still liv­ing in the con­tainer camp.

Since mid-October, Bri­tain has taken in 274 chil­dren from the Jun­gle, mostly young­sters with rel­a­tives al­ready liv­ing in the coun­try.

Photo: AFP

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